Ivan Gvozdenovic is one of the three trialists the New England Revolution brought in to observe during the May 19 friendly with Benfica, which resulted in a 4-0 loss. Gvozdenovic, 31, is a former teammate of Marko Perovic at Red Star Belgrade and most recently played for Greek club Kavala FC after a career in Belgium, Romania, Ukraine, and France as a defender/midfielder. He wore #17 Wednesday night. After the match, reporters talked with the articulate Serbian midfielder, who spoke in heavily accented English and seems eager to play in MLS with the Revolution.
Q: How was the game and your experience coming to the Revolution?
Gvozdenovic: For me the time zone was different, and I didn’t know the team. It was a tough game and Benfica is a very good team. It was a big experience, they played together a long time ago and they know how to play football. They scored the goals and we tried to do our best.
I feel good, really. The players were very friendly, very kind. They wanted to help me because they know that I am a new player. I was feeling very nice. As I told you, it was difficult for me to play because it’s my first game with the team players and I didn’t know how to play, where I need to move. They are talking a lot on the field, we are speaking all of the time. And I think that I can say big things for the players.
Q: If you join the Revolution, what can you bring to the team?
Gvozdenovic: I can bring experience, I can keep the ball, I can be calm when it’s time to be calm. I can make a tempo on the game, but I need some time because I’m tired from Germany and the time zone, but I’m sure if I have time here I will be better and better in every training and every game.
Q: How do you feel about having to cross time zones in the US to play games? It’s a problem for a lot of internationals who come to MLS.
Gvozdenovic: Yes, it is a big problem, but I cannot cry because I want to give my best, I try, really. It’s true like you say about the time zones and long traveling. The body needs time to recover for the game, but it’s the life, you need to adapt very fast and to show that you have quality. I try to do my best, I know I can do much better, but really I need the time because really it’s after three days. I came here on the 15th of May and after four days I play a game, it’s not easy. I just need the time, I assure you I will be better and better.
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